Yeah, it’s a heavy title inspired by a not so heavy occurrence, but one that actually can weigh us down in other facets of our lives. Stick with me, it will make sense eventually. I’m in New York City, where we had battened down the hatches and cleared the shelves of bread, water, and apparently Kale (shout out to DS for this one), in preparation for a “potentially crippling and historical storm,” according to my weather app. Well “Juno”, as the storm was named, turned out to be just a regular January snow experience, as opposed to #snowmageddon2015. The movie of the same name was way more exciting, but maybe not as pretty to watch. So you can only imagine how the naysaying began, people took to Facebook, Twitter, and more, to downplay or even play up the predictions. There was bitching about the lines at the grocery stores, there were many pictures of wine and liquor followed by the comment “I have everything I need,” (should I be worried about them?), there were also plenty of people slamming the forecasters well before the storm was expected. We know weather can change with the breeze (see how I did that?), therefore we should all know, that it’s better to be prepared than not be prepared. Schools were canceled, mass transit shut down, and states of emergency put in place for New York and New Jersey. Juno, however, decided not to be such a big deal. For NYC, where there were predictions of 2-3 feet of snow, we ended up with less than a foot, several inches less. Of course, the Facebook messages and tweets were all filled with positive statements and missives of relief and relaxation, right? WRONG!!!! The status updates and 164 characters were all nasty comments about stupid weather people, and stupider Mayor, and “flizzard” of 2015, and “snow joke” (saw that one a few times.) Would it have been so difficult to offer thanks to the forecasters for making sure we were ready? The good news, is that the negativity was ultimately replaced by many people playing in the snow, making snowmen, and apparently still pleased about their liquor cabinets. So the next time you find yourself being right about something, enjoy it, but make sure it’s because you earned it and not because someone else made a mistake.
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